Freedom Celebration

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

A Freedom Celebration concert was held at the TD Stage behind the Peace Center over the weekend. It was presented by Taylors First Baptist and Overbrook First Baptist churches. The popular event included a collection of patriotic tunes in a variety of styles.

A member of our group from another country noted with amazement that such a celebration held openly in a city square which included religious content would never be allowed in her country!

Pendleton Street Baptist Church

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

Early in the Pendleton Street Baptist Church building’s history, the situation contributed to the growth of the congregation:

Try to visualize land on the east side of Markley Street where it meets Pendleton Street1 as a farm with a two-story residence centering it. Other homes in the area had already become a well defined community on the west side of the Reedy River. Before the time of motor vehicles, that area was a long way from the First Baptist Church of Greenville at its West MacBee Avenue address.2

Architectural details around the base of the steeple.

Architectural details around the base of the steeple.

1The section known as Pendleton Street in those days is now part of South Main Street.

2History of Pendleton Street Baptist Church, Greenville, South Carolina, 1889-1985

Pendleton Street Baptist Church

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

If plans continue as they are today, the days of the Pendleton Street Baptist Church building are numbered. Because the building needs repairs and the land on which the church stands is worth so much, it makes financial sense for the congregation to sell the church and most of the land and build a new building. Although the congregation traces its roots back to 1889, the current second building was completed in 1963.

Current plans are to replace the church buildings and most of the parking lot with an apartment building. This will certainly change the character of that part of South Main Street.

The Pendleton Street Baptist Church has a close relationship with the Saint Paul United Methodist Church across the street, and the two congregations will work to share that resource while a new building is being built.

Architectural detail above the front entry way.

Architectural detail above the front entry way.